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Astronomical Time versus Social Time: A Case Study from Ancient Egypt
JournalArticle (Originalarbeit in einer wissenschaftlichen Zeitschrift)
ID 4262502
Author(s) Gautschy, Rita
Author(s) at UniBasel Gautschy, Rita
Year 2017
Title Astronomical Time versus Social Time: A Case Study from Ancient Egypt
Journal Journal of Skyscape Archaeology
Volume 3
Number 2
Pages / Article-Number 217-223
Keywords Deir el-Medina; division of the day; Egyptian New Kingdom; social time; sundial
Abstract The archaeological context of a recently unearthed sundial from the Egyptian Valley of the Kings suggests that the object was used to de ne the work hours of labourers engaged in building tombs. An analysis of the sundial enables us to establish its precision and the scienti c rationale on which the measurement of time is based. This allows us to gain insights into the role of astronomical time in Egypt c. 1200 BC. Administrative texts of the same period found nearby o er additional evidence on the everyday life of the workmen and the importance of social time in regulating their activities. This provides us with a unique opportunity to compare astronomical with social time and ponder the arising implications from the convergence or divergence of the two.
Publisher Equinox Publishing LTD
ISSN/ISBN 2055-348X ; 2055-3498
Full Text on edoc No
Digital Object Identifier DOI 10.1558/jsa.34687

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